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first_imgHarry Rosen is one of Canada’s most recognizable names in men’s fashion, so it might be surprising that two new spots, created by Isaac Reputation Group, mark the 70-year-old retailer’s first foray into TV.Past advertising for Harry Rosen – typically seen as the store for “Bay Street” professionals – has relied on print and, recently, targeted online ads. But what it means to dress “professionally” has changed, so HR wants to reach a broader audience and challenge lingering notions of its image. Facebook “There’s a customer [Harry Rosen] wants to speak to that isn’t seeing ads in newspapers,” says Isaac partner and CD, Bob Goulart, who has been a consultant for Harry Rosen 20-plus years. “We can target them on digital, but it’s harder to tell a robust story there. TV allows us to express a contemporary air of confidence and youthfulness, and the diversity of [men’s clothing].” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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WASHINGTON — If President Donald Trump declares an emergency to build the wall with Mexico, he still needs money to pay for it. And shifting money from other accounts to deliver the $5.7 billion he wants is not without political problems.The administration has been eyeing several pots of money — including disaster funds, counter-narcotic accounts and military construction dollars — to fund Trump’s wall, according to congressional aides and White House officials.White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has said there are various accounts available.One possibility is shifting a portion of the $13 billion in disaster aid Congress approved last year for Puerto Rico and a dozen states, including California and Texas, hit hard by hurricanes, flooding and other disasters. The money funds Army Corps projects, and the Puerto Rico aid alone totals more than $2 billion.But Texas lawmakers revolted over White House plans to tap Hurricane Harvey funds, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Thursday they won assurances from the White House that the money won’t be used for the wall.“We’ve been pretty clear we thought that would be a mistake,” said Cornyn, who along with the state’s governor and other lawmakers urged the White House to stay away from that account. “There’s limited pots of money he can get into, but I’m pretty confident he won’t get into disaster funds.”A more likely option is the military construction account that’s used to upgrade bases and facilities.Congressional aides said there is $21 billion available. That includes about $10 billion in funds from the current 2019 fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, and $11 billion remaining from the previous four years, said the aides. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the funding details.But tapping the military construction money also may hit resistance. The money often goes for improvements to housing, roads, hospitals and other facilities, and can be used to eliminate mould or other hazardous problems at military installations in congressional districts across the nation and around the globe.As an example, the aides said, there is funding for a medical facility at a U.S. base in Germany that has been partially constructed. If those funds were used, the medical centre could be left half built.The president can decide to use military construction funds, but it will be up to the Defence Department to determine which specific projects would lose their money, the aides said.While the president has the authority to take the funds, the aides said that according to the law the money must be used in support of U.S. armed forces and the key question is whether Trump could prove the funds were being spent to actually support troops.The Defence Department has declined to provide any details on the amount of money available.Potentially easier to tap is the military’s counter-drug account, so-called Section 284 money, as suggested by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a Trump ally and leader of the conservative Freedom Caucus. But it falls short of what’s needed with about $800 million available.Using that money would not require declaration of a national emergency, but aides said it is less likely the president would dip into those funds.“I’ve obviously suggested 284 for a long time,” Meadows said recently. “There’s not enough money there, but it’s a good start.”The White House has been searching for funding as it became clear Congress would not provide the money Trump was demanding to build the wall. Trump had campaigned on the promise that Mexico would pay for it.Instead, this week lawmakers struck a bipartisan deal to provide nearly $1.4 billion for fences and barriers along the southern border as part of a broad funding package to avoid another federal shutdown.The Senate approved the compromise on Thursday, and House passage was assured before Friday’s deadline. The White House said Trump would sign it but then declare a national emergency and perhaps invoke other executive powers to build the wall.Lolita Baldor And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press read more

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The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance Bill was passed in Parliament today.During the vote on the Bill, 53 members of Parliament voted for and 16 voted against it.

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Halton police have released photos of a suspect wanted for using stolen credit cards to make a number of fraudulent purchases. Police say the credit cards were stolen from a vehicle in a parking lot near Thompson Rd. and Maple Ave. in Milton on February 10.Shortly after, someone used the credit cards to make purchases at several local stores. The suspect was seen in a white Dodge Caravan with no front plate attached. The suspect is described as 18 to 25 years old, about 6’, and 160 pounds. He was wearing black pants, black boots, and a black winter jacket with a black fur neckline and two silver coloured zippers around the abdomen.Anyone with information is asked to contact Halton police. read more

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Valeant CEO stepping down, company blames former CFO for misstated earnings MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals is replacing its CEO and blaming its former chief financial officer for misstated earnings, an allegation he rejects.The embattled Quebec drugmaker announced a shakeup Monday that will see Michael Pearson leave the company following a succession of setbacks that have hammered its reputation and sapped its stock value.“It’s been a privilege to lead Valeant for the past eight years,” Pearson said a statement.“While I regret the controversies that have adversely impacted our business over the past several months, I know that Valeant is a strong and resilient company, and I am committed to doing everything I can to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership.”Once one of Canada’s most valuable companies, Valeant has been embroiled in controversy for months.It is facing allegations of gouging customers on drug prices, accusations it has denied. It is also under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Attorney’s offices in Massachusetts and New York, as well as Congress, as part of their probes into price hikes for certain drugs.Last month, Valeant announced it had to restate its financial results for 2014 and 2015 after discovering that about US$58 million of sales were recognized at the wrong time. It hopes to submit its restated financial statements for 2015 to regulators by April 29 to avoid defaulting on its debt.On Monday, the company assigned some fault on Howard Schiller, its former chief financial officer who sits as a board director. Valeant accused Schiller of “improper conduct” in providing incorrect information to an audit and risk committee and the company’s auditors, adding that it continues to assess its financial reporting and disclosure procedures.“In addition, as part of this assessment of internal control over financial reporting, the company has determined that the tone at the top of the organization and the performance-based environment at the company, where challenging targets were set and achieving those targets was a key performance expectation, may have been contributing factors resulting in the company’s improper revenue recognition,” Valeant said.Valeant also said an internal committee review concluded that the company’s heavily performance-based focus may have affected compensation decisions for some top managers and contributed to the company’s improper recognition of revenues.Valeant’s board requested that Schiller tender his resignation as a director, but he refused. It also placed corporate controller Tanya Carro on administrative leave. Carro couldn’t be reached for comment.In a statement, Schiller denied Valeant’s allegation that he provided incorrect information. He said the misstated sales figures were the result of “a careful and reasoned accounting decision” by the corporate controller based on what she considered to be complete and accurate facts.“As a result of the fact that I did not engage in any improper conduct regarding this proposed restatement, I have respectfully declined the request from the company’s board to resign from the board,” Schiller said.Schiller filled in for Pearson during a two-month medical leave early this year after resigning as CFO last June. Pearson will leave after his successor is named, the company said.Valeant also announced that New York-based activist investor Bill Ackman will join its board of directors. Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital is a significant shareholder in Valeant (TSX:VRX). The activist investor also partnered with Valeant in a failed hostile bid to acquire Botox maker Allergan Inc.Industry analysts say Pearson’s departure is a positive step, although they are alarmed by new accounting issues raised by the internal review.Some also question why the board didn’t act sooner.“It’s not just the CEO that needs to change here and adding Bill Ackman to the mix,” said Vicki Bryan, an analyst with corporate bond research company Gimme Credit.She said the company is at serious risk and needs to sell assets to severely cut its US$30 billion debt.“This is a very troubled company that the company’s aggressive strategies have been trying to mask for years.”On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Valeant’s shares closed up 8.5 per cent to C$37.90 in Monday trading. That’s still a steep decline from its peak closing stock price of C$346.32 last August. Valeant Pharmaceuticals CEO Michael Pearson poses at the company’s annual general meeting in Montreal on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The Quebec-based drug company says Pearson is leaving but will remain as CEO and president until a successor is named. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2016 7:23 am MDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2016 at 3:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Lawton as Aftermarket Development Manager. After nearly 15 years as an automotive journalist and the last three years as Editor of CAT (Car and Accessory Trader) magazine, Peter brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the sector. He will assume responsibility for SMMT aftermarket activities from 23 April 2014.Peter replaces Wendy Williamson who is joining the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) as Chief Executive.Commenting on SMMT’s new appointment, Chief Executive Mike Hawes said, “The aftermarket is one of the most diverse and dynamic business areas we have in the UK automotive industry. Peter’s existing relationships with the sector and knowledge of the issues it faces will allow SMMT to enhance its aftermarket activities and offer an ever-improving service to our members.”Peter Lawton said, “I’m thrilled to be joining SMMT and look forward to helping the sector go from strength to strength. While I’m sad to be leaving CAT, I’m very pleased that I’m staying in the aftermarket and relish the opportunity to continue working with its fantastic people and businesses.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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The 2012 Ohio State football team will be playing Central Florida at noon on Saturday, but they will not be the only Buckeyes in gridiron action this weekend. Many OSU alumni will play prominent roles for NFL teams who play their season-opening games on Sunday or Monday.There are 37 former Buckeyes playing for 20 different NFL teams.New York Giants center Jim Cordle, a 2010 OSU graduate, was the first Buckeye alumnus to be active for an NFL regular-season game this season. Cordle did not start on the offensive line, but was on the 53-man active roster for the Giants’ season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday.Many other Buckeyes will play more significant roles for their respective NFL teams.These former Ohio State players could make their most significant mark on the 2012 NFL season with the defensive backs they have sent to the league. Of the 37 Buckeyes in the NFL, eight of them play in the secondary and six are listed on their team’s depth chart as starters: Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Nate Clements, Philadelphia Eagles free safety Kurt Coleman, Carolina Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble, New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins, San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield.Another former OSU defensive back, New England Patriots defensive back Nate Ebner, will be among the four members of the 2011 Buckeyes football team set to begin their inaugural NFL seasons. Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams, a second-round draft pick, and Houston Texans wide receiver DeVier Posey, a third-round draft selection, are also rookies making their debuts on Sunday, along with Jacksonville Jaguars center Mike Brewster, who went undrafted.All four rookies are listed as reserves on their team’s depth charts, but depending on each game’s circumstances, they could see playing time. Another player from last year’s Buckeyes team, running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, was drafted in the sixth round by the Bengals, but he failed to make the team’s 53-man roster.Many other prominent players with OSU ties can be seen in action this weekend as well. The New York Jets have two offensive starters, wide receiver Santonio Holmes and center Nick Mangold, who were also teammates for the Buckeyes from 2002-2005.Another member of the 2006 draft class from OSU, A.J. Hawk, starts at inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, while Arizona Cardinals running back Chris “Beanie” Wells and St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis were both members of the 2009 draft class after successful careers for the Buckeyes.Whether you watch an NFL game this on Sunday afternoon, Sunday night or Monday night, chances are good that a Buckeye will be on the field. read more

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Kate Ryan, a family lawyer and partner at IBB Solicitors, said: “The specialist divorce centres set up in 2015 are not functioning effectively and undoubtedly this was not what was envisaged by the MoJ when they were established.“Unfortunately, many of these centres are now experience high volumes of divorce work resulting in a large backlog of work. This means the court process for dealing with documents is taking longer than ever.”“This impacts upon people who are waiting for their divorce to move forward so they can finally move on with their lives,” Ms Ryan added. “The delay is often compounded by a lack of communication from the court and the difficulty people experience in speaking with someone at the court about their case.”The family lawyer called on the MoJ to increase family court resources, saying that delays on such “sensitive and important matters impact upon the whole family”.The family court statistics were compiled by Wilsons, a private client law firm, and showed a steady increase in waiting time for couples. For the third quarter of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, couples had to wait 48.06 weeks, 48.64 weeks, 47.31 weeks. 47.36 weeks, 49.14 weeks and 56.04 weeks, respectively.While the latest statistics for the fourth quarter of 2018 show a slight decrease – to 54.3 weeks – Jacqueline Fitzgerald, partner and head of the Family team at Wilsons said it is unacceptable that couples wanting to divorce are still forced to wait more than a year.She said: “These delays are enormously difficult for divorcing couples – they are stuck in limbo, unable to move on with their lives until the courts finally get around to dealing with them.”“For the average wait for a divorce to pass the one-year barrier for the first time is a very worrying sign for the family courts.”“The Regional Divorce Centres have had a very difficult first three years, and the problems are getting worse, not better. Remember that 56 weeks is the average wait for a divorce – many take much longer than that.”She added that the impact of austerity on government funding is only set to have further detrimental impact on the efficacy of the family courts.Treasury figures reveal that the MoJ’s will be slashed to £6 billion in 2019/20, down from £6.3 billion in 2018/19. By 2023/24, it is predicted to have halved in little more than a decade.A spokesman for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service said:”Cases are being dealt with quicker since we increased the no of judicial sitting days and recruited extra judges and staff to meet increased demand in the family court.“We also recently announced online divorce applications to simplify the process and help reduce the delay.”   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Married couples are having to wait longer than a year before being granted a divorce, new data reveals, as family lawyers blame the government for increasing delaysFor the first time, family court figures reveal that couples can now expect to wait up to 56 weeks until their divorce is finalised. This is in comparison to 2013 when the average wait from petition to Decree Absolute was 48 weeks.The slump in the rate of Decree Absolutes being increased comes following reforms introduced by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in 2015 which aimed to streamline the system, cut costs and save judicial time.Prior to 2015, couples wanting to divorce had to go to one of 47 regional courts across the country. These were then centralised into just 11 Regional Divorce Centres. However legal experts claim that couples are now left “in limbo”, and that the latest data shows how the reforms have backfired. read more

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first_imgGold Reserve has entered into a partnership with Conservation International (CI) to advance the company’s strong commitment to environmental and social responsibility. The partnership will involve preserving biodiversity in and around Gold Reserve’s Brisas project in Venezuela and support the development of best practice tools for integrating biodiversity information into the business decision making processes.   Cia Aurifera Brisas del Cuyuni, the Venezuelan subsidiary of Gold Reserve, has also signed a Letter of Intent with CI Venezuela outlining commitments, whereby the two organizations will work together to institute programs pertaining to biodiversity and sustainable agro-forestry in the upper Cuyuni River basin located in the State of Bolivar in southeastern Venezuela near the Guyana border. This effort will include extensive biodiversity assessments and monitoring efforts to understand and protect the biodiversity of the project area as well as a program of work aimed at empowering local communities to develop sustainable agro-forestry.   The company has also finalized an agreement with CI to support the development of decision making tools and methodologies that guide companies such as Gold Reserve through a process by which they assess the ongoing environmental impacts and assess their biodiversity, take action to avoid, mitigate or offset this impact, and monitor their achievements. This support will facilitate the development of a biodiversity offset strategy for the Brisas Project in conjunction with the Business and Biodiversity Offset Program (BBOP) (more information on BBOP can be found at: www.forest-trends.org/biodiversityoffsetprogram ).   “We are pleased to be working with CI,” said Doug Belanger, President of Gold Reserve. “Our strong relationship with CI will empower our employees and provide them substantial experience while furthering the company’s commitment to the Equator Principles and responsible environmental stewardship.”   CI is a nonprofit international organization which operates in 40 countries around the world and applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth’s richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the biodiversity hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas as well as important marine regions around the globe. See www.conservation.org   Brisas has NI-43-101 reserves of 485 Mt of ore grading 0.67 g/t Au and 0.13% Cu. The mine plan anticipates using conventional truck and shovel mining methods with the processing of ore at full production of 70,000 t/d, yielding an average annual production of 456,000 oz of gold and 60 Mlb of copper for a mine life of 18.5 years. Using copper as a byproduct, operating costs are expected to be $126/oz (using $1.80 copper).last_img read more

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first_imgTitan International, Inc recently introduced three new sizes to the Titan Accelerated Change Technology (ACT) wheel line, a wheel technology proved to reduce downtime associated with tire changes and rotations by up to 50%.The ACT wheel is now available in 33-, 35-, and 49-inch wheels, featuring single-piece lock rings in addition to the 51-, 57- and 63-inch sizes. Designed to fit nearly any rigid framed dump truck, the ACT wheel is compatible with any brand of off-the-road tires, including Titan tyres.The ACT wheel eliminates the need for the outside wheel to be removed when changing the inner tyre. All the bolts stay on and there’s no need to torque the wheel — whereas the standard wheel requires removing both the inner and outer wheels and re-torqueing.Titan also recently conducted a test that put the Titan ACT wheel head-to-head against a standard wheel on a rigid dump truck in an Alabama mine. The test demonstrated that a Cat 777G needing four inner dual rotations or replacements per year, saving 1 hour and 10 minutes per inner dual, and running approximately 1.5 additional cycles per every 1 hour, 10 minutes could mean more than $80,000 in additional coal production per year, per truck.last_img read more

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first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri remains a keen admirer of Gonzalo Higuain’s, amid reports that the duo could reunite in JanuaryThe Argentine striker had the most prolific season of his career under Sarri at Napoli with 36 goals in 35 Serie A games in the 2015/16 campaign.Higuain had been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Juventus that had deemed him surplus to requirements at Turin.Instead, Higuain joined AC Milan on loan after revealing that he felt like only Sarri had wanted him at Chelsea.But reports in Italy this week have suggested that the reunion that Sarri craved for in the summer could now go ahead next month in a trade deal involving Alvaro Morata.“As you know, I like him very much,” Sarri said of Higuain on ESPN.“He is a wonderful player, a wonderful man. But I don’t want to talk about Higuain.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I have two strikers, two and a half at the moment, and Gonzalo is playing for AC Milan. It’s better not to talk about him at the moment.”Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola confirmed their interest in AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson this week.But Sarri suggests a move for Wilson is unlikely.“I don’t know about Wilson,” he said.“As you know, Eddie [Howe] is a friend and I want to see him very happy.”Chelsea will take on Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.last_img read more

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first_img“We’re not going to be adding dozens of titles, we’ll cherry-pick our way,” says Guenther. “Some of this is around augmentation of the catalog.”That curatorial approach is a significant differentiator between NIM and the rest of the digital newsstands—it’s not going for a huge inventory of titles. Rather, titles will either fill a unique space in the catalog or fulfill a mass-market criteria. “If you look at the titles we have now, the model is high-circulation marquee titles,” says Guenther. “We’ll continue to focus on that plus compliments to the catalog. I don’t think you’re going to see us take the long-tail approach with 5,000 magazines. It’s more about mass readers and how we can capture that group more effectively.”As for actually selecting the magazines from outside the consortium, Guenther says there’s no interference from the board. “We make our own business decisions,” he says. “We have a board and we keep them informed, but when we get to executing on titles it’s really our call.” Currently, NIM has about 70,000 customers across the premium and basic levels. Guenther says 45,000 of those customers were driven to the newsstand via publisher promotions and the balance came from free trial promotions via NIM. Free trial conversions are currently at the 70 percent rate. These are early numbers, NIM has been live for only 90 days on iOS, but Guenther says they’re key benchmarks. About 60 percent of the free trial customers converted to the $15 premium level and keep an average of 14 titles in their libraries. Basic level customers—at $10 per month—average about 11 titles. Premium-level customers spend about 90 minutes per week with their magazines and basic-level customers spend 70 minutes. A key metric that’s been playing out across the tablet edition market in general is the percentage of new audience members. Guenther says a NIM title customer sample bounced off of one of the consortium publisher’s internal customer databases revealed only a 3 percent active print subscription match. Eighty-four percent of the names were new to the title, 13 percent were expires, and 60 percent weren’t on the database at all.”These are the most established brands in the world and we’re reaching new people,” he says. In addition to curating new titles into the mix, Guenther says new platform functionality is on the way as well, including more robust search, discovery and personalization features. The end-game in digital sales, he adds, is to move consumers away from the single-transaction model into paid, continuous engagement. Next Issue Media, supported by a joint venture between five of the biggest domestic publishers, is set enter its next phase of growth as it plans a formal marketing push into the holiday season. Internal metrics released by the company recently show it’s attracting a significant number of new readers to the consortium’s brands. And in the next few weeks, NIM will be adding  another round of titles to its catalog, this time from outside the consortium. But don’t expect the number of available titles to grow too quickly. While Next Issue Media continues along the path of a premium-priced, on-demand model for magazines, it’s doing so for only a small slice of the industry. In September NIM doubled the size of its catalog to 72 titles, all available exclusively from the consortium companies. But CEO Morgan Guenther earlier indicated the company’s plan to begin adding titles from outside the group. That plan will be driven partly by further studies on how tablets are shared and used among families and partly by market size and share of new titles under consideration. Now, with an announcement coming soon on new, non-consortium titles, Guenther wouldn’t name any names. But the existing list skews heavily toward the women’s market. He hints that new titles will likely shore up the men’s vertical as well as younger-market titles. last_img read more

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first_imgAn aerial photo shows smoke and flames near the head of the North Eielson Fire Friday. (Alaska Division of Forestry)Firefighters mopped up the remains of a 250-acre wildfire Sunday that busted out two days earlier in a largely residential area near Delta Junction.Listen nowAlaska Division of Forestry firefighters and equipment halted the progress of the North Eielson Fire Saturday. Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry says the fire spread quickly Friday from a forested area off the Tanana Loop Extension road northeast of Delta across three grassy farm fields before running into a forested area near several homes.“There’s quite a few people who live on that road,” Mowry said, referring to the Tanana Loop Extension.Mowry says investigators are looking into the cause of the fire, which was initially thought to be caused by a tree falling on a powerline. But fire managers said Saturday there are no powerlines in the area where the fire began. The fire moved quickly Friday, pushed by south winds in the area blowing 20 to 30 miles an hour, gusting to 50.“It got into a grassy field and spread pretty quickly with the wind that’s blowing down there,” Mowry said Friday. The North Eielson Fire was the fire significant wildfire of the season, he added.“We’ve had a lot of debris burns that’ve escaped,” Mowry said, “But nothing to this extent where we’ve got an air tanker and got crews and things like that.”Firefighters with state Forestry, BLM Alaska Fire Service and Rural Deltana Fire Department kept the blaze from damaging any homes. An air tanker from Palmer dropped at least two loads of retardant help keep it from spreading.“There were some structures immediately threatened, but that’s been mitigated,” Mowry said. “And like I say, we also have fire department on hand that’s helping out with structure protection.”Residents of the area were on alert in case evacuations were ordered, but that didn’t become necessary.According to a Forestry report posted to AKfireinfo.com, three 20-person initial attack crews and a load of eight smokejumpers worked into the early morning Saturday to contain the fire. A bulldozer was being used Saturday to break up windrows and berms that caught fire while about 80 personnel searched for hot spots and mopped up the perimeter of the fire, which was fully contained Saturday night.Forestry’s Delta Area Fire Management Officer Mike Goyette says most of the estimated 250 acres burned by the fire was farm fields. He says conditions throughout the area are expected to remain extremely dry until greenup.last_img read more

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first_imgIn what can be termed as a big relief for former Indian pacer S Sreesanth, the Supreme Court on Friday, March 15, set aside the BCCI’s disciplinary committee’s order imposing a life ban for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.A bench, which comprised justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph, has also asked the disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reconsider the quantum of punishment within three months to be given to Sreesanth. They also made it clear that fast bowler will now get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the revised quantum of the punishment.  S SreesanthMANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/GettyHowever, the apex court has made it clear that this verdict will have no bearing on the pending criminal proceedings against the former cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has already challenged a trial court’s order which discharged all the accused of the spot-fixing scandal. Immediately after the verdict, the CoA chief Vinod Rai said that the issue will be discussed when the Committee of Administrators meets next. “Yes, I have heard about the Supreme Court order. We will need to get a copy of the order. We will definitely take up the issue at the COA meeting,” COA chief Vinod Rai told PTI.Onus on CoA to carry out orders of the apex court File photo of S SreesanthHamish Blair/Getty ImagesAlso, CK Khanna, who is the acting secretary of BCCI said that the onus will be on CoA as they have been entrusted with carrying out the orders of the Supreme Court.”This is a Supreme Court order and obviously a call needs to be taken. I am confident that the issue will come up for serious deliberation at the next COA meeting. As far as Sreesanth being brought back to mainstream cricket, I have no comment to make,” Khanna said.However, former BCCI vice-president and Kerala CA senior official TC Matthew, has welcomed the verdict. “I am very happy for Sreesanth. He has lost six most precious years of his life. I don’t think even if the ban is lifted he can play first-class cricket.Matthew said that even after the upliftment of the ban, the fast bowler will not be able to play cricket, but can always have an alternate career in cricket, which could include coaching, mentoring etc.last_img read more

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first_imgPassengers wait for buses at Shyamoli bus stand on 9 August. Photo: Kamol Zoha KhanPeople have started leaving the capital for their homes to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their relatives.Passengers in their hundreds of thousands thronged to the bus stands in the capital to catch buses to various destinations, but there has been an acute shortage of buses due to extended traffic jams on the highways.While visiting Shyamoli bus stand of the capital, the reporter talked to many home-goers.Some of them said they had been waiting for hours for buses.Sheikh Tanzimul Haque, a passenger waiting for his bus at the Shyamoli bus stand, said he reached Shyamoli from Rampura around 7:30 in the morning to catch his bus scheduled for 8:00am.He was informed that the bus was stuck at the Dauladia ferry terminal.Normally, he said, a bus takes two to two-and-a-half hours, but today no one knows when the bus will reach Dhaka.The staff at several bus counters said no buses left for the destination on time.Manager at the Satkhira Express Dhaka counter Borhan Uddin told Prothom Alo that the situation was better today, but the bus schedules had been changed.Hanif Paribahan’s manager Mosharraf Hossain said there was long traffic jam in Tangail and so the buses were taking more time to reach the destinations.last_img read more

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first_imgDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.The National Action Network will host a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast on Jan. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave, N.W. Honorees will include Jacqueline Berrien, former chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); Floyd W. Green, III, vice president and Head of Community Relations and Urban Marketing, Aetna; James Reynolds, Jr., chairman and CEO, Loop Capital; Augusta Y. Thomas, national vice president for Women’s and Fair Practices, AFGE. If you have any questions, please contact the D.C, Bureau at (202)293-3232 or dcbureau@nationalactionnetwork.net.last_img read more

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first_imgRare collectible books and ephemera spanning the last 140 years of Indian art will hit the auction block at Saffronart on May 2-3. It is a collector’s paradise for connoisseurs of Indian art. With 93 lots on offer, the online sale presents an extraordinary glimpse into the last 140 years of modern and contemporary Indian art. The auction encompasses a large collection of limited edition books and portfolios; exhibition catalogues, rare art journals, and periodicals on artists—from the early moderns such as Raja Ravi Varma, Nicholas Roerich, the Tagores and Amrita Sher-Gil, to post-Independence pioneers Ram Kumar, S H Raza, V S Gaitonde, and Akbar Padamsee, to name a few. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLeading the sale is Lot 2, Albert Camus’ novel L’etranger [The Stranger], 1966, estimated between INR 7 – 10 lakhs ($10,770 – 15,385). Originally published in 1942, L’Etranger (“The Outsider” or “The Stranger”) was Nobel Prize winner Camus’ first novel and is considered a classic of French literature. The novel, which is steeped in Camus’ philosophy of existentialism and the absurd, is illustrated by Pakistani artist Sadequain. The illustrations are a small but important body of work produced by the artist whilst in Paris. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAlong with rare novels, the auction includes a range of books by Bengal school artists. Lot 1, Rabindranath Tagore’s recited and signed copy of The Crescent Moon: Child Poems, 1916, is estimated to sell between INR 2 – 2.5 lakhs ($3,080-3,850). Signed by Tagore, the book includes a note which states that the book on offer was used by the author for a reading in Los Angeles in 1916. The poem “Sleep-Stealer” in the book includes the original bookmark to indicate the poem he intended to read. Lot 65, Birupa Bajra, estimated at INR 3 – 4 lakhs ($4,620-6,155), is a rare book of caricatures by Gaganendranath Tagore. Published by Tagore in his lifetime, the present lot is one of the three books that caricaturise the Bengali mores, customs, and lifestyles which were influenced by the British. Tagore’s other caricatures were Realm of the Absurd [sold by StoryLtd in April 2017 for Rs 10 lakhs] and Reform Screams.In addition, the auction includes important pre-1947 art journals published in Calcutta and Bombay, often found mentioned only in academic footnotes. Lot 17, Modern Review 1907-1970, the earliest journal of Indian Art in Calcutta—first published in 1907—contains remarkable illustrations by great Bengali artists of the time. Estimated between INR 5 – 7 lakhs ($7,815 -10,940), this lot includes an almost complete run of the publication with about 116 volumes containing approximately 600 issues. Another such collection of rare journals on offer is Lot 20, a set of Roopa- Lekha from 1930’s to 1980’s. Roopalekha was the first journal entirely devoted to fine arts to be published in northern India. Published by The All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), an independent arts organization in India, the journal’s editorial board consisted of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, James H. Cousins, Ajit Ghose, Karl Khandalvala, G. Venkatachalam and Sarada Ukil.The lot is estimated at INR 1.25 – 1.5 lakhs ($1,925 – 2,310).last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: One more person has been arrested in connection with firing at Sahapur Colony in New Alipore. Five persons have been arrested till Thursday.They have been produced before the Alipore Court and were remanded to police custody till July 4. According to police, by Wednesday evening, cops had nabbed four persons who had abducted the New Alipore businessman Arindam Dhar and demanded Rs 200 crore as ransom. After interrogating the four arrested persons, police came up with the name of a person identified as Tapan Saha. At night, Saha was arrested and later cops came to know that he is a friend of the victim. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSaha stated that Dhar used to brag about his savings and wealth. He said he had invested Rs 800 crores in various businesses in Nepal. When he saw Dhar was spending lot of money in Kolkata, he thought that his friend truly has a lot wealth. He decided to kidnap Dhar and demand a ransom of Rs 200 crore. He hired some goons and told them that Dhar had taken a loan of Rs 200 crore from him which he was not paying back. He told the goons that if the money could be recovered he would pay a commission of 40 per cent. It was planned that miscreants will pose as police personnel from Anti Terrorist Cell and will force Dhar to pay the money. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateWhen Dhar was abducted on the Batanagar-Jhinjhirabazar Bridge, he told the goons that he could pay them Rs 20 lakh if he is taken to his office. Dhar said the vault containing money opens by his fingerprint. He also told them that there will be only one staff at his office in New Alipore. As the miscreants believed him, they went to his office. After reaching Dhar’s office miscreants saw there were about eight staff. When they were countered by the staff and Dhar, goons fire a round to escape from the scene.last_img read more

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first_imgJune 12, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Why should company owners care about creating mobile apps for their workforce that are intuitive? Because their employees do. The standards of what’s considered a well-designed mobile app have been raised and a clunky enterprise app can seriously hinder an organization’s productivity.Attitudes about enterprise mobile apps have changed, primarily because work and personal lives have become so intertwined. Today people answer business emails from the family room, review sales leads from the backyard deck and solve IT problems on their commute. Employees are constantly connected, managing their work lives around the clock. Related: Enterprise Apps Are Less Glitter but More Gold for DevelopersWith the line between professional and personal spheres blurring, expectations for app usability have changed as well. Workers are continually switching between consumer apps and business apps. The bar on ease of use has been raised because employees view all tablet and smartphone apps through the same lens. All they know is that some apps are seamless, intuitive and robust while others are not.Workers expect intuitive, easy-to-use, “consumerized” enterprise mobile apps because that’s what they are accustomed to. Anything less will result in a precipitous decrease in engagement — and productivity.Decision makers are beginning to take note of the discrepancies between consumer and business software. They are realizing that easy data entry, quick access to key functions and simple navigation are essential to smooth workflows and high productivity. Apps should be designed for business consumer, so that the user experience is seamless and even delightful within a professional context.Unfortunately, easy to use isn’t the same thing as simple to create. Many executives assume that since app stores are filled with 99-cent or even free apps, they must not be challenging to develop. But effective, intuitive and functional enterprise mobile apps are the result of sound planning and effort. Related: Tapping Into the Expanding Mobile Opportunities of Emerging MarketsUnique environment. Good enterprise mobile apps are much more than a migration of desktop enterprise software. It’s almost impossible to exactly match the features of a desktop application. The hardware environments are simply too distinct.So what constitutes a good enterprise mobile app?  Research suggests that for 80 percent of all business software applications, users engage with only four or five key functions. When creating an enterprise mobile app, the job is to identify those functions and design for them alone.For example, a mobile app for time tracking should focus on that specific process alone and align app features accordingly or employees won’t use it. It also should be easy to navigate. Users need quick access if they are going to routinely use the app to accomplish their tasks.Real estate is another critical factor. Tablet screens (typically 10 inches diagonally) and smartphone screens (4 inches to 5 inches diagonally) are smaller than laptops or desktops, so designers must be honest about how much content can be displayed. Quality mobile apps eschew a small typeface for simple graphics and limited navigational choices.While attractive graphics in a mobile app are great, it’s even more critical to tailor the graphic interface to the user’s needs.Syncplicity, a file-sharing app of EMC, provides an example of how a user interface can simplify a device’s operation. (My company Y Media Labs serves as a mobile-interactive app consultant to EMC.) Syncplicity was built with the idea that users want fast access to their files. The designers for Syncplicity knew that creating a “favorites” function wasn’t the answer: “Favorites” can change almost daily at work. Constantly marking files as “favorites” would require multiple tedious steps on a mobile device. The designers also realized that people working on a project often return to the same files and folders repeatedly. So the designers implemented a “recently accessed” option to let users quickly go to the exact information desired.Related: Outsource Your App Development Effectively With These 5 TipsTesting is essential. To create an exceptional enterprise mobile app, designers must combine beauty and brains. They must aspire to establish a visceral connection between the app and the user, one combining aesthetics with personalization. Displaying time of day upon launch (factoring in local time zones), changing backgrounds according to the time of day, noting key corporate events or news, and even greeting the individual by name (“Good morning, John Smith”) are some of the ways to make an app more enjoyable.Building a consumerized app is an evolutionary process. Testing is an immensely beneficial method for discovering users’ preferences and ensuring that they find an app easy to navigate.Functional testing using a paper prototype can weed out 80 percent to 85 percent of an app’s potential problems before the first line of code is written. Digital prototyping makes quick, effective usability testing possible. Engineers can now run tests remotely via the Internet, without test subjects being present. A large cohort isn’t necessary, since the main goal is to uncover gaps in flows or other issues. It’s important to recruit target users, however, for relevant feedback.As development progresses, additional testing will ensure no expensive mistakes are present. Unlike years ago when testing followed a huge engineering run, agile development now allows testing to occur incrementally, as often as every two weeks.Even post-release, testing has value. The focus shifts to usage metrics to uncover the screens people are spending time with and the buttons they’re clicking. Heat maps are used to determine where people are spending time and how they’re navigating. By isolating the good and bad aspects of an app in the field, designers can better plan updates — and learn what will work in other projects. Related: 6 Productivity Apps for the Entrepreneur on the Go Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free 5 min readlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Heathers reboot was scrapped…God is real— ǝɔuǝᴉuǝʌuoɔuᴉ plᴉɯ ɐ (@cloudyunknown) June 3, 2018 GAYSTARNEWS- The Heathers reboot should be not aired by anyone. Come on, are there, seriously, no new ideas in the entertainment industry?— bookstax (@bookstax) June 3, 2018Even Manila, from season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race, was happy about the news.I agree with this decision. so let’s reboot the @RuPaulsDragRace Heathers instead https://t.co/0syWTxfEju— Manila Luzon (@manilaluzon) June 3, 2018 Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The showBased on the 80s movie of the same name starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, the announcement of the series was met with skepticism from fans.One big criticism was the fact the mean girls in the Heathers clique, instead of being the typical model of high school royalty, all held marginalized identities. For instance, Heather McNamara (originally played by Lisanne Falk) is a black lesbian in the reboot. Heather Duke (originally played by Shannen Doherty) is a genderqueer individual. And Heather Chandler, the queen bee originally played by Kim Walker, is plus-sized.‘Since the TV series is said to stay true to the movie, most of the minorities are about to be killed off and/or sidelined, which is definitely not the kind of representation any of us deserve. Not to mention most of these characters are killed off because J.D, a white male, thinks they deserve it,’ writes Nerdy POC in a Medium essay.‘Of course, I was surprised, when I saw Paramount decided to have a plus-sized Heather Chandler, a genderqueer Heather Duke and a black lesbian Heather McNamara. The Heathers are supposed to be villains. They’re supposed to be the oppressors. I worried not only that the message of the show would be that the oppressed have become the oppressor (which obviously sends a very bad message to the white, thin, cishet people of the world) and that the characters of marginalized groups would be killed off by the two white, cis, heterosexual leads (which also sends a very bad message),’ writes Julia for Affinity Magazine.The cancellationParamount’s reason for ending the series was due to all the recent school shootings.‘This is a high school show, we’re blowing up the school, there are guns in the school, it’s a satire and there are moments of teachers having guns. It’s hitting on so many hot topics,’ Paramount president of development and production Keith Cox told The Hollywood Reporter.‘This company can’t be speaking out of both sides of its mouth, saying the youth movement is important for us and we’ve done all these wonderful things to support that and at the same time, we’re putting on a show that we’re not comfortable with.’The original premiere of the series was set for 7 March. However, it ended up being pushed back due to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida which killed 17 people in February.‘Paramount Network’s original series Heathers is a satirical comedy that takes creative risks in dealing with many of society’s most challenging subjects ranging from personal identity to race and socio-economic status to gun violence,’ the network said in a statement. ‘While we stand firmly behind the show, in light of the recent tragic events in Florida and out of respect for the victims, their families and loved ones, we feel the right thing to do is delay the premiere until later this year.’ WATCH: People have a lot of thoughts about the new raunchy trailer for the Heathers TV showREVIEW: Heathers the Musical is a murderous, camp romp that you can’t help but love19 gay, lesbian and bi actors who gave amazing performances in straight rolesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/controversial-heathers-reboot-cancelled-by-the-paramount-network/ if you have had the misfortune of watching the Heathers reboot pilot, you will rejoice with me in the news that it has been dropped (for now)— (@faizanimosity) June 3, 2018 YAY AT THE HEATHERS REBOOT BEING CANCELLED [email protected] FUCKING HAPPY— pidgeon loves his bf ️‍ (@sadsneeze) June 3, 2018center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… I’m not shocked that the Heathers reboot has been dropped from Paramount. It was not good. And it’s offensive and hurtful in today’s world. – M— LezWatchTV ️‍ (@lezwatchtv) June 3, 2018 The reboot of cult classic film Heathers has been cancelled The Paramount Network’s reboot of cult classic film Heathers has been cancelled after only one season. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Now, after the recent high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, the network won’t be airing the series after all.According to Cox, the season two scripts of the show are close to completion and Paramount hopes to find the show a new home on a non-Viacom-owned network.ReactionsPeople on Twitter were excited by the news of the show’s cancellation.the heathers reboot was cancelled which is AWESOME because… it sounds………. sooooo awful………… pic.twitter.com/Lj0lCc4C7t— kratos #1 bicon (@revalisbf) June 3, 2018last_img read more